EP Review: WET IT SZN – Fizzler

FIZZLER‘s debut EP ‘WET IT SZN’ kicks off with the rising drill star easing through the bars that’s exuberant with a menacing edge.

Further along this mini collection, tracks ‘Blow’, ‘125’ and ‘We It’, shows a different side to the genre, taking on a more after hour-ish and salacious vibe which compliments and soften the infamous gritty drill drive.

The last three months, this South Londoner is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and promising act to come from the drill scene and his ‘WET IT SZN’ EP is a great insight of an credible artist who is on a mission to give the genre a different dimension. Hat off to the guy; check him out below…

Must Listens: Blow, 125, Wet It

Album Review: Age Of Conviction – Tunnel Traffic

Adam Hachey – aka TUNNEL TRAFFIC – gave a sneak preview into his album, ‘Age Of Conviction’ last month through singles, ‘Skip’, ‘I’ll Be Sorry’ and ‘Another Story’.

Now out, the 11-track project, continues on the theme from the three mentioned tracks, with roaring guitar riffs running throughout, giving each track on the collection a 90’s grunge/nostalgic feel.Tunnel Traffic teams up with vocalist and long-time collaborator, Jacky Muñoz, who offers balance to each singles by adding a degree of tenderness against the hell-raising, well executed plucks.

So if you’re a fan of 90s Iconic rock bands like Nirvana, well Tunnel Traffic’s ‘Age Of Conviction’ may very well hit the spot.

Check it out below:

Album Review: The Come Up – Dorian Thorson

DORIAN THORSON‘s debut album, ‘The Come Up’ encompasses all the stages of a relationship – from setting your eyes on the one for the first time to carrying heavy languages from a break-up.

A bed of airy soundscapes kicks off the album, through ‘Fallen’ and ‘Better’, joining the catchy urban b-line for a harmonious union where Thorson’s vocal performance oozes swagger on both productions.

The ten piece set shifts to afterhours mode through third offering ‘Flex’, boasting a sugary tranquil overtones coupled with that head-rolling b-line becoming more prominent. Further along the line, tracks such as ‘Forgive me’ and ‘Trust Issues’ possess a similar vibe but with a tag of toe-tingling trap/soul added to the drive.

Finishing off the album are ‘Luv U’, which continues the trip/soul vibe, picking up slight speed, and ‘Her’. The latter could be described as the odd ball of the album – and I mean that respectfully – as the piano centric production provides an intimate setting which encourages the prospective listener to really soak up the delicately heartfelt vocals provided by the man himself.

‘The Come Up’ is one of those albums that you can check in from five – or even ten years from now –  and still be pleasing to the ears. His debut offering should put him firmly on the one-to-watch radar for 2020.

Have a listen below…

Must Listens: Better, Flex, Forgive Me, Trust Issues

EP Review: Store Run – A1

A1 is that guy to put a crazy-dope spin on today’s hip-hop hits and classics, but for his latest EP, ‘Store Run’, he steps away from all the tunes and bangers that we know, to show us what he’s REALLY made of!

Running through this mini set, is a constant smooth and that old soul sound where this New York emcee slams down heartfelt/magical spark to the laid-back arrangements.

I was waiting for this moment for this guy to step into his own limelight and show me who he really is…and the ‘Store Run’ EP has completely satisfy my curiosity. Will it satisfy yours? Have a listen below…

 Must Listens: Arizona Tea, Egg & Cheese

Album Review: Flowers Of Doubt – Rain To Dust

A hazy melodic theme, heavily influenced by post punk of the early 1980’s, runs throughout Mert Yıldız’s  – aka RAIN TO DUST –  debut album, ‘Flowers Of Doubt’. Beyond buttery soundscapes, it’s very safe to say that the lyrics are far from melodic….

Every song on the album revolve around how fear brings a need for dependence which consequently breeds more fear, eventually pushing the human being into a shell of personal dogmas and psychological routines that he/she will probably end up dying within.

Introducing the eight-track album is title track, ‘Flowers Of Doubt’, which was inspired by the suicide attack that took place in İstiklal Street, Taksim, İstanbul in March 26th, 2016. The cover photo which was taken in Taksim, in the exact same spot, roughly 2 years after the event.

‘Drinking The Ghosts’, carries the themes of fear and doubt with a story that was inspired by Mika Kaurismaki’s ‘Zombie And The Ghost Train’. It is about the downward spiral of an alcoholic who eventually finds relief from shame in death.

Taking its title from an Osamu Dazai novel, ‘A Farewell With Regret’ is about two people having a one night stand and deciding to hide their true feelings from each other out of fear of emotional rejection. Musically, it references Funk influenced bands of British New Wave with its groovy rhythm, funky electric guitar licks and vocal harmonies.

After several listens, ‘Flowers of Doubt’ becomes a brutally honest production but, at times, I cannot help but feel a agree of empathy to the easily relatable stories featured. It’s worth a trial; have a listen below…

Must Listens: Flowers Of Doubt, Drinking The Ghosts, A Farewell With Regret For When It Hurts.